On Monday, May 13th, 2014, most of our family went to the Lyon Air Museum to see a display of WWII planes. Because Jason had to work and Sarah and Joanna had class, they couldn’t join us. Tim went into work early and stayed late so he could take off a couple of hours to go to the museum. Tim’s office was just a short drive from the museum.
The Collings Foundation brought in a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortess, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang fighter for the weekend. The group takes the planes around the country to share a bit of history.
We arrived at the museum shortly after they opened at 9 AM. We watched as a P-51 and then a B-25 take off from the John Wayne Airport. We kind of wondered if that was that last that we would see of the planes. The newspaper said that the planes would be available through noon on Monday.
A friendly, young docent took us through the exhibits inside the museum. During the time of our tour, they were giving 20-minute flights on the planes (for $400 per person). The B-17 requires 300 gallons of fuel per hour to fly.
Here we are standing in front of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortess. From left to right, Justin, Elizabeth, Jeffrey, Josiah (in front), Tim, Jeri, Nicole, and Victoria. In all of the pictures below, you can click on each image to view it full size. Use your backspace key or your browser’s back button to return to this article.
Here’s Josiah inside the museum with a B-24 in the background.
We were able to walk climb aboard a B-24. Because our family had read the book “Unbroken” which tells about Louis Zamperini’s story of being shot down in a B-24, we especially appreciated being able to be inside of the bomber.
Here’s Lizzie in the B-24.
Here’s a picture of Nicole.
Here’s Elizabeth wearing on MP helmet.